Dinner and a Movie is a regular series with SFIAAFF staff members. This edition features Grace, the Publicity Coordinator, and her picks for a good time. Grace grew up in Hawaii and has lived all over the United Stated studying art and writing. She loves film and journalism so pretty much being the Publicity Coordinator for SFIAAFF is as much fun as riding a really great roller coaster (which she also loves), only with less screaming.
Homebody for the Holidays
It’s cold outside. I know it’s only San Francisco but I’m from Hawaii so to me, this is cold. I’ve done my shopping, I’ve wrapped and I’ve shipped, I’ve gone to dinners and office parties and I think I could use a little “me time.” I think we all could. So here’s what I’m proposing: take a hot shower, put on some fuzzy slippers, order in some food and curl up with a good movie. Doesn’t that sound cozy? It does indeed. So here’s a recipe for the perfect domestic holiday breather. Leave the hand plucked Christmas goose to Martha.
MYSTERY TRAIN: I know this isn’t a Christmas movie, at all, but something about a lonely couple traveling to a distant land wandering around Memphis on a pilgrimage to the King, it’s a perfect allegory. They even stay at an inn, meet some wise men (i.e. Joe Strummer and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins) and have a sacred vision. It’s like magic. To complement the east-meets-west flavors of this indie classic, I recommend some Japanese style fried chicken—with white rice of course—and hot sake. Equally fitting are the grilled marinated short ribs, and of course there’s always the Rock n’ Roll (yeah, that’s right, Christmas + Elvis + puns = joy to the world). My local San Francisco Japanese delivery of choice is Mikado Sushi, a tiny little neighborhood place right next to my gym. They’ll deliver to Portrero, the Mission, SOMA, and Noe Valley ($15 minimum) in under an hour. And for dessert, you can make a little peanut butter/banana/bacon sandwich, and toast one to the King.